Jasprit Bumrah’s return to action has now been delayed further after failing to recover fully from his lower back stress fracture as the senior India pacer was on Monday ruled out of the three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka.
Bumrah was named in India’s squad for the three-match series against Sri Lanka, which starts on Tuesday, but BCCI’s support staff and medical team have collectively decided that his ‘return to play’ will be delayed, keeping the all-important four-Test series against Australia next month.
A senior BCCI source said that “Bumrah hasn’t travelled with the team to Guwahati. He still needs some more time to get back to full fitness as he will be needed during the Australia Test series.”
It will be interesting to see if Bumrah recovers for the ODI series against New Zealand, starting on January 18 and is included in the team without playing even one domestic game.
a former office bearer recalled that “The committee under MSK Prasad and earlier team management had made a rule that a player in order to return from injury must play at least one or if possible two domestic games before being termed ready for international comeback.”
Bumrah suffered a lower back stress fracture after returning from the England tour and missed the Asia Cup last year. Bumrah was rushed to the T20 side during a home series against Australia to boost the team’s chances at the T20 World Cup, but he broke down again and was ruled out indefinitely.
It would not be surprising if Bumrah plays the entire four-match Border Gavaskar Trophy, which begins on February 9. He is expected to be used sparingly because he will be required for the ODI World Cup later this year in his home country.